• The Corruptor (1999)

The Corruptor

Release Date: March 12th, 1999

DVD Release Date: September 14th, 1999

R |1 hr 50 min

Plot Summary

Martial arts expert Detective Nick Chen (Chow Yun-Fat) teams up with his colleague Danny Wallace (Mark Wahlberg) to keep several gangs in New York City's Chinatown from annihilating each other. They must contend not only with the increasingly power-hungry gangsters, but also with the temptation of bribery and corruption as the bad guys divide and conquer the police forces. In what's beginning to seem like a losing battle, Chen and Wallace struggle to establish law and prevent more bloodshed.

Cast: Chow Yun-Fat, Mark Wahlberg, Ric Young, Jon Kit Lee, Elizabeth Lindsey, Byron Mann, Andrew Pang, Paul Ben-Victor

Director: James Foley

Genres: Action

Production Co: New Line Cinema

Distributors: New Line Cinema

Keywords: Transformation, Tense, Temptation, Dark, Investigation, 1990s, New York City, Car, Rivalry, Police station, Police officer

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Bob GrahamSan Francisco Chronicle

    The Corruptor' quickly turns into a good bad-cop drama of fascinating moral complexity. show more

  • 75
    Walter AddiegoSan Francisco Examiner

    From Juan Ruiz-Anchia's florid, eruptive photography to the pinpoint editing by Howard E. Smith that enhances it, everyone involved with The Corruptor understands that action is the bottom line - except Chow. show more

  • 75
    John PetrakisChicago Tribune

    At this point, "The Corruptor" looks as if it's going to be just a rehash of an early Dirty Harry movie, but it surprises by taking us inside Chinatown, where we discover just how sinister and elaborate the relationships between the police and the businessmen can be. [12 Mar 1999]

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